Google Envelopes Snail Mail Concept to Please Both Luddites and Fans of The Absurd

Those of you are fans of both letter-writing and Samuel Beckett-like absurdity are really going to like this: Google Envelopes is a concept that would allow you to send snail mail from within GMail.

Designed by Rahul Mahtani & Yofred Moik, the idea is to put an extra button into GMail that would let you send an actual printed letter from within the email service.

What’s more, the envelope will be printed with a route from Google Maps, tracing how the letter got to you, which is charming personalized touch.

While the idea is definitely impractical, it does remind one of how much effort used to go into communication. While we now fire off emails, texts and IMs without the slightest hesitation, communication used to be an art. It even had a cool name – epistolary correspondence! (Just a little something for you to impress your date with, folks. You’re welcome.)

While it’s highly unlikely this concept will ever come to fruition, it is, if nothing else, a pleasant reminder of how communication can change when we take the time and effort to make it our own.

[Source: Bit Rebels]

Written by Navneet Alang

Navneet Alang is a technology-culture writer based in Toronto. You can find him on Twitter at @navalang

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